ANA Inspiration Golf Championship in Palm Springs, April 2017

A Preview of the ANA Inspiration Golf Championship, held during Dinah Shore Week

ANA Inspiration golf championship, Palm Springs
photo courtesy of ANA Inspiration

Dinah Shore Week is named for the LPGA Golf Tournament held in Palm Springs at the same time, which had for years been named for the legendary singer and is now called the ANA (All Nippon Airways) Inspiration Championship - the dates are March 27 to April 2, 2017. The tournament was begun in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore championship; in 1982 it changed to the Nabisco Dinah Shore, the Nabisco Championship in 2000 and 2001, and the Kraft Nabisco in 2002, before coming to be known by its current title in 2015.

The tournament takes place at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, in the nearby community of Rancho Mirage. Parking ($5) for those attending the ANA Inspiration Championship is across from Agua Caliente Casino on Bob Hope Drive, just south of Ramon Road (the Bob Hope Dr. exit from I-10) - shuttles run continuously to the golf course.

Although plenty of women attending Dinah Shore Week have no interest in the golf tournament, many others wouldn't think of coming to town that week without catching at least part of this prestigious event - indeed, this is one of the most popular spectator sporting events in the world among lesbians. You can buy tickets to the ANA Golf Championship online. Of course, this time of year is also ideal for visiting the desert playground of Palm Springs, which abounds with stylish resorts, swanky bars, and buzzing restaurants with outdoor patios. Also keep in mind that many of the men's gay resorts in Palm Springs do actually change their policies during Dinah Shore Week and welcome women instead.

Jane Blalock won the very first Dinah Shore Championship in 1972, and Lydia Ko took first prize most recently, in 2016.

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